1.Air France Flight 4590 disaster
As the Concorde involved was taking off from France's Charles de Gaulle International Airport it hit a piece of debris lying on the runway which burst one of its tyres. Some of the debris struck the plane's wing, causing one of the fuel tanks to rupture.
2.Turkish Airlines Flight 981
346 people died in the crash, caused by explosive decompression of a detached cargo door, which in turn severed the aircraft control cables, causing the plane to drop from the sky like a stone. This had been the deadliest ever plane crash until the Tenerife disaster three years later.
3.Japan Airline Jumbo
The absolute worst single plane accident ever resulted in 520 dying on board when the Japan Airline Jumbo suffered an explosive decompression from a failed pressure bulkhead repair, making the aircraft virtually uncontrollable. Not a single person from the stricken plane survived.
4.Air India Flight 182
Since the beginning of the 1980s, terrorism has been responsible for many aircraft disasters. On June 23, 1985, Air India Flight 182 was brought down by an explosion in the cargo hold over Ireland. 307 passengers and 22 crew lost their lives as the aircraft broke up following the blast. Sikh extremists, it later emerged, carried out the bombing as reprisal for the Indian government having attacked the Sikh holy site at the Golden Temple in the city of Amritsar.
This image is truly terrifying. On August 19, 1980, a Saudia L-1011 bound for Karachi returned to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, following an in-flight fire that broke out just after takeoff. For reasons still unknown, the plane crew failed utterly to implement evacuation procedures, and before anything could be done, all 301 people onboard had died as the passenger cabin was consumed by a flash-fire.
6.American Airlines DC-10
On May 25, 1979, an American Airlines DC-10 took off from Chicago’s O’Hare airport, only for an engine to immediately detach and seriously damage a wing. There was simply no chance for any reaction on the crew's part and the plane disintegrated in a huge fireball about a mile beyond the runway. 273 deaths made this the worst-ever crash on US soil.
7.Pan-Am Flight 103
It was destroyed by a terrorist bomb over the town of Lockerbie, Scotland on December 21, 1988. 243 passengers, 16 crew and 11 people on the ground, all residents of one street in Lockerbie, died because of this mindless act, making it the worst terrorist attack ever involving an aircraft in the UK.
8.US fighter plane crash
If it were possible to freeze those horrible events in time at the instant disaster struck, perhaps we could explain why they happened. Yet whatever the causes, there are few things that can be more traumatic than a plane crashing with a huge loss of life.
9. Two jets hitting the Twin Towers.
This was the event in New York on September 11, 2001. Two US passenger-laden aircraft were targeted at the World Trade Centre towers by terrorists, one aircraft striking each tower. 2,752 people died, mostly people from the buildings or emergency personnel.
10. Tupulov Tu-154 aircraft
Poland has suffered its worst political disaster since the second world war after its president, Lech Kaczynski, and dozens of top government officials were killed when their plane crashed in thick fog in western Russia this morning. About 97 people are reported to be dead.